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The 10 Most Superhuman NBA Plays of the Millennium

Dunks, blocks, and jams—here are the best moments in basketball since the turn of the century.

8) SHANNON BROWN GOES ABOVE THE RIM

Guard Shannon Brown was blessed with one of the highest vertical leaps in the league (44.5 inches)—watch as his head nearly clears the net on this breakaway one-handed slam against the Suns.

7) DWYANE WADE SPINS AND SLAMS ON KENDRICK PERKINS

Nicknamed Flash, Heat guard Dwyane Wade is one of the quickest players in the league, not to mention an all-around talent who is a nightmare to defend. On this particular play, Wade goes baseline for one of his signature spin moves (agility at its finest), only to finish with a monster two-handed slam over 6'10" center Kendrick Perkins. Note the dance move that ensues.

6) LIL' NATE ROBINSON BLOCKS BIG YAO MING

Here’s a “David and Goliath” play for the ages. When 5'9" guard Nate Robinson goes up against 7'6" center Yao Ming, the disparity is supposed to favor the latter. But Nate, the three-time Slam Dunk champion with a vertical leap of 43.5 inches, is like an NBA transformer (read: there’s “more than meets the eye”). He unfathomably rejects the now retired Chinese big man, while adding insult to injury with an eye poke. (Or would this classify as injury to insult?)

5) KOBE BRYANT'S BEHIND-THE-BACK 360

The self-proclaimed “Black Mamba,” Lakers guard Kobe Bryant attacks his opponents in deadly quick fashion--by the time you recognize his strike, it’s often too late. For poor Vincent Yarbrough, formerly of the Nuggets, he probably still has no idea what hit him. After receiving a full court pass, Bryant manages a behind-the-back, 360 dunk that appears to defy every law of physics. Watch and behold.

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